send dispatches near a house on the right side of the road, when Osterhaus, coming back, told me before he dismounted that he could get no farther, as the enemy was too strong on the other side. I told him that that was no way to talk, but to keep deploying his skirmishers up and down the river until he got no return fire, and report. He soon returned and assured me that he found no enemy a few hundred yards up the river. I then instructed him to send in a brigade with the canvas boats, already put together, and push over the men rapidly into the clearings beyond, then come down the river and take the enemy in the flank. Of this movement Wayne reported: “The enemy have driven us back from the cross bridge, three heavy columns are across the river, and they have possession of Ball's Ferry, below here. . . . To save the men I will retire.” This Oconee crossing was the most difficult that we had to encounter, though the forces in our front continued to enlarge as we proceeded from place to place. The Confederate garrisons fell back, and reenforcements kept coming forward from Savannah. The Confederate general then in charge of a geographical division, Braxton Bragg, peremptorily ordered Wheeler with his cavalry and some artillery to stick close to us; to harass us in front and flank, and, above all, to destroy subsistence and forage in the route over which we advanced. Some 5,000 Confederates fell back from Sandersville before Sherman arrived. At that point, the 25th, Sherman himself accompanied my left corps on the eastern bank of the Ogeechee, while I followed the one or the other of my two columns on the right bank,
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Chapter 35 : Battle of Atlanta
Chapter 36 : Battle of Ezra Church
Chapter 37 : Battle of Jonesboro
Chapter 37 : Battle of Lovejoy's Station and capture of Atlanta
Chapter 39 : General Hood 's northward march; Sherman in pursuit; battle of Allatoona
Chapter 40 : return to Atlanta ; the March to the sea; Battle of Griswoldville, ga.
Chapter 41 : the march to the sea; capture of Fort McAllister and Savannah
Chapter 42 : March through the Carolinas ; Savannah, Ga. , to Columbia, S. C.
Chapter 43 : march through the Carolinas ; the taking of Columbia
Chapter 44 : skirmishing at Cheraw and Fayetteville and the Battle of Averysboro
Chapter 45 : March through the Carolinas ; the Battle of Bentonville ; Johnston 's surrender
Chapter 46 : negro conditions during the Civil War
Chapter 47 : freedmen's aid societies and an act of congress creating a Bureau of refugees, freedmen and abandoned lands
Chapter 48 : organization of the freedmen's Bureau and my principles of action
Chapter 49 : the abandoned lands
Chapter 50 : courts for freedmen; medical care and provision for orphans
Chapter 51 : the early finances; schools started
Chapter 52 : President Johnson 's reconstruction and further bureau legislation for 1866
Chapter 53 : the bureau work in 1866 ; President Johnson 's first opposition
Chapter 54 : public addresses concerning the freedmen in 1866 , advocating education
Chapter 55 : first appropriation by congress for the bureau; the reconstruction Act, March 2 , 1867 ; increase of educational work
Chapter 56 : famine reliefs; paying soldiers' bounties, and summary of work accomplished
Chapter 57 : the Ku-Klux Klan
Chapter 58 : beginning of Howard University
Chapter 59 : institutions of the higher grade; the Barry Farm
Chapter 60 : opposition to Bureau and reconstruction work became personal; the Congregational Church of Washington
Chapter 61 : Court of inquiry ; president of Howard University
Chapter 62 : life in Washington, D. C. , 1866 to 1874 ; assigned to duty in regular army as commander, Department of the Columbia
Chapter 63 : in the Northwest , among the Indians ; trip to Alaska ; life in Portland, Ore. ; 1874 to 1881
Chapter 64 : superintendent of the United States military Academy ; commanding Department of the Platte , Omaha, Neb.
Chapter 65 : in Europe , Egypt , and Constantinople
Chapter 66 : Italy and Switzerland
Chapter 67 : France and Germany ; Convention of young men's Christian Association , Berlin , 1884
Chapter 68 : French army maneuvers, 1884 ; promotion to Major General , United States army , San Francisco 1886 - 88
Chapter 69 : transferred to New York city
Chapter 70 : D. L. Moody on board the Spree ; Spanish War, 1898 ; Lincoln Memorial University ; conclusion
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